Thai chain Giggling Squid to replace closed down Chimichanga in Bury St Edmunds

Chimichanga in Bury has closed.

Chimichanga in Bury has closed. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk’s first Giggling Squid Thai restaurant will open in Abbeygate Street.

Within a week of announcing a new restaurant in Essex, the fast-growing Giggling Squid chain completed on the site in Abbeygate Street, with a £150,000 refurbishment set to take place.

The restaurant will replace the Chimichanga Tex-Mex, which had been open for less than three years.

Co-owned by husband and wife team Andrew and Pranee Laurillard, Giggling Squid’s formula focuses on rustic Thai cuisine served in a modern setting.

The latest acquisition takes the group’s portfolio to 15 sites, with the chain hoping to have a nationwide string of 70 restaurants within seven years.

Following a £150,000 refurbishment of the Bury premises, Giggling Squid expects to open its new restaurant in the autumn, creating 25 jobs.

The site underwent a £700,000 refurbishment in 2012, when the former La Tasca restaurant was taken on by Chimichanga. The nationwide Mexican food chain employed roughly 20 members of staff.

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“We’ve identified the key market towns like Bury in which to base a network of authentic Thai restaurants for a nation of food lovers” said Mrs Laurillard.

“We’re delighted to be coming here to the town with its rich history, elegant architecture, thriving tourist trade and a discerning local clientele.

“But ultimately we’re a food-led business and are still having great fun. We are immensely proud that our customers compliment us for still having the welcoming feel of a one-off independent, which is why people think of us as a family of restaurants rather than a chain, whilst critics love the authentic street-food style dishes.”

Giggling Squid currently operates 12 venues – in Brighton, Hove, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames, Reigate, Stratford-upon-Avon, Marlow, Horsham, Sevenoaks, Salisbury and Bristol.

It is currently refurbishing sites in Billericay and Bath for future openings.

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